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May 1, 2006
Contact: Farashta Sediqzad, president of the International Student Association, (913) 980-8371.

Lawrence’s eighth peace pole to be dedicated on KU campus

LAWRENCE — Lawrence’s eighth peace pole, planted on the University of Kansas campus, will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. today along the path between Haworth and Malott halls.

Kazumi Nakayama of The World Peace Prayer Society in Japan donated the eight-foot, hand-crafted pole that displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in eight languages — English, Spanish, Japanese, Shona, Farsi, Georgian, Turkish and Chinese. KU alumna Leslie Green Renzelman worked with Nakayama to choose KU as a site. The International Student Association and Phi Beta Delta are hosting the dedication ceremony, which will include a May Pole dance by Phi Beta Delta members.

Lawrence Mayor Mike Amyx; Diana Carlin, dean of the Graduate School and International Programs; Farashta Sediqzad, president of the International Student Association; and Nakayama will be among the speakers at the dedication ceremony.

The Peace Pole Project was started in Japan by The World Peace Prayer Society, a nonprofit, nondenominational organization founded in 1955 by Masahisa Goi. Today more than 200,000 poles are in 180 countries to remind people to keep peace in their thoughts.

Lawrence’s other peace poles are at Unity Church, Oread Friends Meeting, First Methodist Church, South Park, Ecumenical Christian Ministries, Unitarian Fellowship and Veterans’ Park.

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